The Australian National Maritime Museum is offering a range of free online activities and educational games for kids to enjoy while spending time at home. Allowing kids to create, play, learn and discover all things inspired by the sea.
The arts and craft activities feature easy step-by-step guides and include projects such as making prehistoric sea monster pet rocks, a steampunk ‘socktopus’, a fizzy carrot submarine to a curiosity jar filled with treasures and many more.
With a focus on re-use and recycling, the activities are made with materials that are easily accessible and found within the house or the back garden, providing a great solution for stay-at-home activities.
Have fun designing a landscape with plants and rocks in this lovely miniature garden terrarium activity. Suitable for ages 4 years and up. The activity takes about 30 mins.
Brighten up the kids day with this colourful prehistoric pet rocks activity. If you need some inspiration, check out the Sea Monsters – Prehistoric Ocean Predators exhibition online. Suitable for ages 2 years and up. The activity takes about 30 mins.
Explore the interplay between water and oil with objects including glitter. Suitable for ages 2 years and up. The activity takes about 30 mins.
Have fun with this simple science experiment, learn how buoyancy and ballast work. Suitable for ages 2 years and up. The activity takes about 30 mins.
Kids can upcycle items found around the house to create these cute sea creatures while learning about ocean health and sustainability. Suitable for ages 2 years and up. The activity takes about 30 mins.
The Voyage Game is based on real convict voyages, players make decisions, solve problems and deal with conflicts on a perilous journey across the globe.
The online activities are primarily for families with children aged 4–12 years old. However, the Museum also offers 360 tours of their vessels – HMAS Onslow, HMAS Advance, HMB Endeavour and HMAS Vampire.
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